A Penny For Your Thoughts

Once upon a time, I innocently bought a video from The Magic Brush. I love silver leafing and she had a video about how to create a silver leaf damask finish on the walls. WALLS? I can make my walls silver????
Needless to say, a monster was created. Now, I don’t follow the video to the tee and don’t be afraid to put your own spin it as well. Every faux finisher has their own style, be proud! There are steps that I have eliminated and steps that I have added AND be brave and don’t fear changing the stencil, paint color or the type of leafing!
Anyway – Since then, I have bought several kinds of stencils and gold and silver leafed several walls. We decided to put a copper leaf damask finish on this wall in particular and haven’t decided if we are going to tone it down yet or not so keep reading because we need your help! See what I did with the blog title …penny- copper…get it? I crack myself up.
My own wall was still waiting. Actually, my whole house is waiting for attention. We have a concrete and barn wood table from Reclaim Renew and we got that amazing gothic 1920’s chandelier from Carlson Galeries. We are slowly mixing some blues and yellows into the home which severely clash with our tan walls…so we have been working for months to change the house over to grays, blues, and yellows instead of just gray and tan with no color. I need color! Slowly, are house is getting rid of the tans. This wall, we have known for quite some time would go dark gray once we had the light installed.
The wall went gray and the copper leafing went on! Which of course has led to the immediate need that the remainder of our walls get painted a lighter gray color. ugh.
My cute hubby did the trim work 🙂 We chose Queenstown Gray from General Finishes for the background color.

And copper leafing is not a clean task but I love it.



I paint with General Finishes acrylic Milk Paint when I do this because when I apply the leafing I vigorously brush it in with a scrub brush. The scrub brush leaves scratch marks with other paint brands but not with General Finishes!
In general, the steps are:
1) Paint
2) Stencil the wall with adhesive
3) Apply copper/silver/gold
If you are nervous you should get the video from The Magic Brush (and no, i don’t get kickbacks for saying that!)
Another tip: Paint and copper leaf your vent. You don’t want a bright white vent!
I LOVE IT! However, I was worried about the copper being too much so i didn’t apply it very solid, intentionally. I may still tone it down a bit with some glaze but haven’t decided yet. What are your thoughts on that? I will keep you posted as our house under goes many changes!

Copper Leafed Accent Wall

We have also had this old doorway arch for 2 years which we finally put up and love!
P.S.  I am so proud of that vent! I really did not want a white blob in the middle of the wall!